Get Moving

truck exercise


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch up sitting and standing while cruising down the road? Well, since standing is NOT an option, here are some ways to get moving.

Truck driving poses a challenge when it comes to physical activity. Lack of movement negatively affects your health more than you might think. So what can you do to improve this phenomenon?

What about when you are going down the road? You can get moving then, too. Move your arms and tap your feet (one at a time of course. LOL). Get some hand weights. Tense up your muscles one at a time, hold that position, and release. You might find some muscles that you didn’t know you had.

Here are some other ideas:

To help tone your stomach, pull in your stomach muscles as far as possible and hold, then release.

Put your arms in the upper or lower hulk position, tense, hold, then release.

Stretch (you know, the way we used to do every morning when we were kids).

Firm those glutes. Anywhere, anytime you can tighten up your gluteal muscles, hold them and then release.

Sit up straight. Pull your shoulders back, lift your head up, and take a deep breath.

When you get out of the truck to fuel, eat, drop, or unload, make the most of it. If you don’t have to help with the load, ask if you can walk around their lot. Who cares what people think! Another idea is to exercise or just walk around right outside the truck. Find stairs, or even just a step (all you need is one). Start off with the right leg, using it first to go up then down, then after a repetition of 10 or 20, switch legs.

If you are sitting on the bunk, get a pillow, or use your coat balled up, place it between your knees and press toward each other as hard as you can, hold, and release.

Breathing exercises are so beneficial, too. Many of us take very shallow breaths and are not getting the oxygen load that we need. Using your diaphragm, breathe in slowly and deeply, until you can’t get another breath, then let it out slowly.

By no means is this everything you can do to increase your activity level, but it sure is a good start.

Get moving, get healthy!

This is not in any way to be medical advice. It is up to you to do what you are capable of doing and stay safe.

Are snacks jerking your good health? The challenge is real…

Drivers and your family, the challenge is real to find easy, convenient, healthy snacks while on the road.  Does such a thing even exist?  The search is sometimes difficult, but not impossible.  The trick is to search and plan.

Do you have a plan?  If so, is it you who works on the strategy or are you blessed and have that other person who takes the time to help you with meals and snacks?  Either way, knowing what to do for the benefit of your health is so important.

So, what are some tips to healthy snacking? As far as veggies go, many of them are already in finger-food form.

Here is a list of veggies that may or may not need a little chopping prep:

Baby carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, avocado, radishes, green onions, raw okra (yum), sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

Here are some fruits:

Grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruits, peaches, pineapples, pears, melons, cherries, and plums.

And meats?  Now this IS a challenge.  The meats that are so easy to come by are processed.  THIS IS a problem. The act of processing not only adds harmful chemicals to our food but diminishes the nutrition and quality, therefore sacrificing our health.  Hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, ham, chicken nuggets, fast-food burgers, and last but not least, jerky.  BUT they are so good and convenient!  Yep, they are, but are they good enough to jeopardize your health?

So what are some alternatives?  If you have a means of cooking on the road or you can cook from home and pack it up, buy the best quality meat that you can and make enough for leftovers.

I did happen to come across a jerky that caught my eye, so I looked into it: Nick’s Sticks. Have you heard of them?

As far as I can tell, they are Coach Carolyn approved.  I called and spoke with the company about the products and tried them.  They are GOOD!!!  Here is the link for their products.  You can get them shipped straight to your door.

Don’t let the artificial flavor and convenience of some foods put your health at risk. Your health is priceless, so please value it.

Coach Carolyn